With the stage set for IPL 2019 season opener between CSK and RCB on March 23, the stake holders of the game will look forward to another exciting dose of T20 extravaganza. IPL has often been the platform to showcase talent of many players. They wait for this time of the year. From debutantes to veterans all will be up to grab the moment with a wish to get on board of 2019 World Cup bound flight.
So, here we will have a look at five things that could demonstrate this year’s IPL.
IPL gets back its Australian stars
It has been one year since both the Aussie players Steve Smith and David Warner were banned from playing cricket due to infamous ball-tampering scandal. The matter also excluded both of them from last year’s IPL season. But both the players are back after serving their ban-term and will be eager to showcase their strength through the tournament.
Are debutantes going to fire?
This is one of the important factor every franchise will be looking for. A lot of money has been spent by team owners to buy debutants during IPL 2019 auction, and all will be eager to see whether the players show their worth or not. Varun Chakaravarthy (KXIP), Shivam Dube (RCB), Prabhsimran Singh and PR Burman are some of the Indian debutants who are going to play their first IPL league. They have also been bought for a high price by franchisees.
Magic of spin bowling continue?
Pace bowlers have been very important for teams during IPL and mostly, it’s a pacer who turns out to be purple cap winner. But the importance of spinner is a crucial aspect. Spinners have proved stars in many matches, helping to provide breakthrough. Last time, Rashid Khan rose to fame with his spectacular stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad and this time, it will be interesting to see how spinners perform in the season. Other than Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Imran Tahir, Mayank Markande will be in focus.
IPL to decide India’s No. 4 WC slot?
The no. 4 batting slot for World Cup 2019 is still a subject of worry for Indian selectors. The series against Australia could not decide who will be the perfect man to take the no. 4 batting position, with no one being able to show his worth. Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu were the players in talks for the position but no clear decision could be taken by selectors. The IPL will give an opportunity to these players to show their value and become a worthy contender for this batting position.
Delhi Capitals bound for a new journey?
Delhi Capitals changed its name from Delhi Daredevils and looks to start a new journey in the league. The team has been a big under-performer in the history of IPL leagues, sending disappointments to its fans. The team topped points table before playoffs twice in the past but wasn’t able to bag the trophy. But this time, the team has some notable inclusions like Shikhar Dhawan as teammate and Sourav Ganguly as advisor. Whether the team will be able to change its fate this time will be an interesting thing to see.